The Best Merlots from France

Vineyards at Saint-Émilion, France

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Vineyards at Saint-Émilion, France

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Immensely popular around the globe, Merlot feels truly at home in France, where it has a lengthy history in Bordeaux. Thriving best on deep clay and limestone soils on the edge of the city of Libourne, Merlot is a major player. It is also an excellent blending partner to Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, adding supple texture and succulent fruit. Often-underrated, Merlot has also great stand-alone qualities expressing savoury notes of cedar, sweet tobacco wrapped around ripe cherry and luscious plum. Here is Falstaff’s selection of the best.

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